Conestoga Rifle Works Percussion Rifle Apparently Acquired on the Standing Rock Reservation

.45 caliber. 34" pin-retained octagonal barrel. SN: NSN. Attic brown patina, brass furniture, walnut stock. Percussion lock marked in two lines "CONGESTOGA/RIFLE WORKS", top flat of barrel marked "P.A." Double-set triggers, dovetailed buckhorn rear sight, dovetailed blade front sight. Brass furniture includes buttplate, spur triggerguard, two faceted thimbles and the entry pipe and the nose cap. Stock with an old iron wrapped and brass reinforced repair at wrist and brass plate repaired crack in butt. Rifle includes a hand written tag that says the rifle was purchased from James O Aplan who acquired the rifle on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness


Good in untouched, barn-found condition. Metal thickly oxidized with some pitting, brass with an untouched patina, stock dry and faded. Lock needs some mechanical adjustment but is essentially functional, bore heavily oxidized and pitted with visible rifling. Stock worn and dry with old repairs and splintered slivering and loss along the upper edge of the forend. Pin holes worn, wood with scattered bumps, dings, mars and some chipped loss.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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